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USU volleyball: Seniors finishing well-decorated Aggie careers

By Megan Allen

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 13 2012 2:33 p.m. MST

Hargrove agreed, noting the importance of being a part of the volleyball program in her life.

“I’ll miss the atmosphere of being on a team. Having that bond with 15 other people like this is a different kind of bond. They really know what you go through,” she said.

As their Utah State careers draw to a close, the seniors know they have been a part of something great.

“The last four years have been the best of my life. I’ve loved every minute of it. Being a part of Utah State volleyball has been the best thing I could do,” Sorensen said. “I don’t know if it’s really hit me yet, or maybe I’ve just put off thinking about it. It’s going to be really hard playing my last game in the Spectrum. I don’t really know what to think about it. I’ve had the best four years here, but I know it has to come to an end sometime.”

Though they are sad to see their time at Utah State come to an end, the three know that there will always come a time to move on. Volleyball has been a constant part of their lives not only through college, but high school and even younger.

“From your freshman year you never think this day will come. Grayson always asks ‘What legacy are you going to leave? One day it will all be over.’ but I would think ‘Here goes this lecture again.’ Now, it’s going to be over,” White said. “It’s weird, especially when you’ve done something for so long. I feel ready though. I think everything has its time and purpose, and for volleyball, that’s coming to an end pretty soon. I’ve accepted it.”

Through the blood, sweat and tears that have gone in to their volleyball careers, these three Aggies have learned a lot and are ready to face a world outside of college volleyball.

“Each day seems like the longest day of your life, but then all of a sudden a week is gone, a month is gone, four years are gone,” Hargrove said. “It’s very bittersweet. All this time and hard work we’ve put in is coming to an end. It’s time for me to move on with my life and kind of grow up.”

This trio has grown up off the floor as well, as by this spring, all three will have graduated and all three have earned academic all-WAC honors, as well as USU Whitesides Scholar-Athlete accolades during their time as Aggies.

As they head into the final match of their regular season, DuBose is proud of the things Sorensen, White and Hargrove have accomplished.

“You get a little emotional when you think about those girls. It’s been four years of getting to see and know them and care about them. They’re great people, who are going to do wonderful things with their lives. It’s just who they are.”

Tickets for Thursday's Utah State volleyball match are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.

Megan Allen writes for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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